Stephen Glover confirmed in a tweet that a few punch lines about Taylor Swift did bring his and brother Donald's animated Deadpool series to a halt.
Taylor Swift Joke
Stephen addressed the controversy surrounding the show's cancelation in a now-deleted tweet. He admitted that "there really was a Taylor Swift episode" that was hilarious. However, Marvel executives were apparently not happy about it.
Stephen did not go into details about the episode. He did not say whether it was a joke or a diss at the "Bad Blood" singer that pushed Marvel over the edge.
"It definitely was the last straw lol," Stephen wrote in his tweet.
Stephen also weighed in on the other possible reasons why Marvel decided not to push through with the Deadpool animated series. He claimed the show was not even black-centric enough.
"Our show wasn't too black. It wasn't really that black at all. But we definitely wanted to give 'Rick and Morty' a run for their money and I think we would have. Proud of the gang," he added.
Stephen's tweets come after Donald released a mock screenplay for the series that referenced some of the reasons for the cancelation. The Atlanta creator tweeted a 14-page script for the Deadpool animated series that contained jokes about racism, Marvel, and the TV industry that came straight from the masked vigilante's mouth.
"You know, I'm not mad about this whole 'canceled' thing. I mean, is it even a good time to have a violent, gun loving white man ranting on TV other than the PRESIDENT?" Deadpool says in the script.
Like Stephen, Childish Gambino asked whether Marvel canceled the show because of racism and pointed out the fact that the writers are black. The show also had black references.
"Maybe we were alienating our white audience? No. We did a whole goat yoga episode. Damn," Donald wrote in one of his since-deleted tweets on Wednesday.
Donald and Stephen were initially on-board to write, executive produce, and serve as showrunners for the Deadpool animated series at FX Productions. The network ordered a 10-episode first season that was supposedly set to launch later this year on FXX.
Marvel Televisions and FX are keeping mum on the exact reason for the brother's departure and show's cancelation and sticking with their original statement.
"Due to creative differences, FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, and Marvel Television have agreed to part ways on Marvel's Deadpool animated series. FX will no longer be involved with the project," reads the statement from the network.